Before those triple-digit temperatures hit the Valley, stock up on the yummiest local goods at these Phoenix farmers’ markets.
Best of Our Valley winner: On Thursday evenings, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mesa’s year-round SuperFarm Farmers’ Market is a stellar spot for families to buy local fruits and veggies, poultry and meats, farm-fresh eggs and more while the kiddos can enjoy feeding on-site goats, sheep and cows. The SuperFarm SuperTruck (another Best of Our Valley winner) is there to dish up burgers, pulled pork, Udder Delights ice cream and more.
The family-friendly Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale sells a wide variety of organic, pesticide-free produce. Seasonal specialties, flowers, natural pork, beef and fish, free-range eggs, local cheeses, freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, jams, picadillies, tamales and more are on the menu at this Saturday market (open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Through May, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, The Camelback Market at Vincent’s is a fave spot to pick up the freshest local produce, fresh breads, buttery croissants, homemade jams, exotic mustards and imported cheeses as well as Vincent’s signature dressings, fresh pasta and pestos. While there, grab one of Vincent’s yummy sandwiches, crepes and more.
Phoenix Public Market’s open-air market takes place Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Phoenix. (Starting in May, the market closes at noon.) Vendors include Sonoran Dates, One Windmill Farm, Double Check Ranch, Maya’s Farm, Crooked Sky Farm and more, to name a few. Plenty of artisans and food trucks are also on site to sell their goods.
Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market in Phoenix is a great spot to stock up on vegetables and fruit, baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, nursery stock, natural pork, beef and fish and hand-crafted items while the kiddos enjoy the large park, which includes a fishing pond. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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